Foreign Policy Playlist

Each week, Foreign Policy’s editor in chief, Jonathan Tepperman, will recommend one podcast from around the world, interview the host, and play an excerpt. This curated show is designed to help listeners interested in the things we are—great stories, compelling interviews, and cogent analysis on international affairs—sort through the overwhelming variety of podcasts out there and find the best ones. And occasionally you’ll hear audio from our own newsroom. FP Playlist replaces our flagship podcast First Person.

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1
Iran's Political Dilemma
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: The Iran Podcast
53 min
2
AF: Powering Change
A Look at Energy Infrastructure
27 min
3
AF: Paving the Way
A Look at Trade and Transportation Infrastructure
32 min
4
AF: Financing Africa's Future
A Look at Finance Infrastructure
41 min
5
AF: Africa's Digital Future
A Look at ICT Infrastructure in Africa
39 min
6
Behind the Scenes of Cybercrimes
Foreign Policy Playlist Features "To Catch A Hacker"
24 min
7
How This Israeli Election Might be Different
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Election Overdose
54 min
8
Satire in Arabia
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Babel
40 min
9
In Washington, Personnel is Policy
What President Biden's picks for top foreign policy jobs reveal about his approach to the world.
34 min
10
Tunisia: The Genesis of the Arab Spring
A look at the podcast Revolution 1
36 min
11
What Abolishing the Electoral College System Wo...
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: What the Hell is Going On?
61 min
12
The Coronavirus and the Crisis of Trust
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Rachman Review
30 min
13
Why Are Our Skies Getting Darker?
34 min
14
France Grapples with Free Speech and Islam
Jennifer Williams of Vox introduces Jonathan to Worldly
53 min
15
The Role of Men in the Fight for Girls Education
We feature an episode from Season 2 "Seeking Peace" where host Melanne Verveer speaks with education advocate Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala Yousafzai.
28 min
16
What You Learn From Talking to Your Enemies
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Revisionist History
51 min
17
The Future of War
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Stories from the Backchannel
35 min
18
Is China Winning?
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Things That Go Boom
30 min
19
Two Years in the Life of a Saudi Girl
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Radio Diaries
38 min
20
A First-Person Account Of the War in Nagorno-Ka...
Foreign Policy Playlist recommends: Al Jazeera's The Take
33 min
21
What People Don't Talk About When They Talk Abo...
31 min
22
Foreign Policy Playlist Trailer
1 min
23
Haven America or Fortress America?
Harvard historian Jill Lepore on the long and tortured history of the U.S. immigration debate.
25 min
24
HOTM: The Solutions Under Our Noses
A look at how many of the innovations that will be needed for a cleaner, greener future are actually available today—and what's needed to get them activated on a larger scale.
32 min
25
HOTM: The Future of Green Energy
A look at why it’s critical for the world to move toward more renewable energy sources and how innovations like concentrated solar power are helping us get there.
30 min
26
HOTM: When Climate Hits Home
Climate change is forcing people from their homes, especially in island nations. How can the world change its policy toward climate migrants, and what can be done to assist those who want to stay not only survive but thrive?
26 min
27
HOTM: Extreme Weather Resilience
How climate change is increasing the intensity of storms, and what the world can do to be more resilient.
29 min
28
HOTM: What Would Greta Do?
Young climate activists in the United States and the Philippines are pushing for change and getting their governments to take notice.
29 min
29
HOTM: Why Bold investments Matter
A look into how green investments and economic policy changes can be a driver for a healthier planet.
30 min
30
Lebanon's Arab Spring?
Protesters are directing their anger at the political elite for years of corruption and mismanagement.
29 min
31
HOTM: Adapting to a Drier Planet
An exploration of the wider ramifications of water scarcity and what’s being done to help those affected.
32 min
32
Spies of the UAE
A look into Project Raven, a program where Americans were recruited to help the UAE hack people and organizations around the world.
32 min
33
HOTM: Talking Green Without Seeing Red
How governments, journalists, and activists are all trying to change the narrative when they talk about climate change. The goal? Make the conversation more inclusive, less hostile, and frankly less boring.
30 min
34
The Future of Hong Kong
On the podcast: A former China correspondent traces Beijing's sustained effort to erode human rights in Hong Kong.
33 min
35
HOTM: A New Plan for the Amazon
Saving the Amazon rainforest is not just about raising alarms but also about finding ways to make harvesting its trees more profitable than tearing them down.
31 min
36
The Referendum That Changed Ireland
A look back at the vote in Ireland that ended the abortion ban.
30 min
37
HOTM: Food 2.0
26 min
38
Meltdown at Chernobyl
On the podcast: A journalist reconstructs the world's worst nuclear disaster.
34 min
39
The Dark Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy
The filmmaker Nanfu Wang tells the dramatic story of her own family’s one-child ordeal.
30 min
40
HOTM: Making Cities Greener
Heat of the Moment explores how cities can play a major role in reducing carbon emissions.
29 min
41
Introducing Season Two of I Spy
CIA officer Richard Holm is sent to Congo in 1965 to organize local agents against an anti-government rebellion. But a fiery plane crash leaves him in hostile territory, fighting for his life.
37 min
42
A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah
A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah
32 min
43
Introducing Heat of the Moment
From FP Studios and the Climate Investment Funds, a new series which looks at the climate crisis and offers reasons for hope.
30 min
44
How an Upscale Chef Came to Serve Those in Need
José Andrés on feeding people in times of crisis.
28 min
45
The Ongoing Impunity of Mohammed bin Salman
U.N. Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard on her investigation of the Khashoggi murder.
36 min
46
Draft Episode for Mar 27, 2020
Waad al-Kateab’s film focuses on one of the hardest-hit cities in Syria’s ongoing civil war.
32 min
47
The Marie Antoinette of Shoes Returns
Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield on how Imelda Marcos engineered her second act in the Philippines.
31 min
48
Introducing: Don't Touch Your Face
From Foreign Policy, a new daily show about all things coronavirus.
19 min
49
Death of a War Correspondent
35 min
50
How Israel’s Netanyahu Uses Fear and Loathing t...
The Israeli journalist Anshel Pfeffer looks back at Bibi’s first general election campaign in 1996.
26 min
51
The Other Brexit
CNN's Max Foster on How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Split From Britain's Royal Family
33 min
52
A Truce with the Taliban
Former U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan James Dobbins on a possible peace deal after more than 18 years of war.
30 min
53
The Filmmaker Who Took On Bolsonaro
An Oscar-nominated documentary examines Brazil's deep political fault lines
32 min
54
The President Who Played One on TV
Journalist Franklin Foer on the peculiar rise of Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine and his role in the Trump impeachment ordeal
33 min
55
Counseling John McCain
A former foreign policy advisor looks back at the 2008 presidential election campaign
33 min
56
The Rise and Rise of Vladimir Putin
28 min
57
A Fateful Decision that Led to the 1979 Iran Ho...
Journalist David Kirkpatrick on how President Carter was pressured into letting the Shah of Iran into the U.S.
35 min
58
The Persian Puzzle: Iran, Iraq, and the United ...
Following the U.S. air strike that killed Iranian military leader Qassem Suleimani, we examine again what a trove of leaked intelligence cables tells us about Iran’s influence in Iraq.
26 min
59
The Truth About the U.S. War in Afghanistan
Former Pakistani ambassador to Washington Husain Haqqani on how the Taliban won.
31 min
60
The Documentaries of 2019
On this episode, we look back at some of the documentaries we featured on the show in the past year.
28 min
61
The Books of 2019
On this episode, we look back at some of the books we featured on the show in the past year.
30 min
62
Corbyn and the Jews
How allegations of antisemitism in the Labor Party became a central issue in Britain’s election campaign.
23 min
63
An American in Mosul
Journalist Mike Giglio provides an eyewitness account of a key battle against the Islamic State.
34 min
64
Iranian Spy Games Revealed
What a trove of leaked Iranian cables tells us about Iran’s influence in Iraq.
26 min
65
Introducing I Spy
A new podcast from Foreign Policy featuring former intelligence operatives from around the world.
32 min
66
The Syrian Filmmaker Who Risked Her Life to Doc...
Waad al-Kateab’s film focuses on one of the hardest-hit cities in Syria’s ongoing civil war.
32 min
67
BONUS EPISODE: The Jerusalem Murder That Set Of...
Palestinian-Israeli filmmaker Tawfiq Abu Wael on the challenges of co-creating the HBO series Our Boys
16 min
68
The Jerusalem Murder that Set Off a War
An Israeli drama series on HBO about the 2014 murder of a Palestinian teen stirs compassion and controversy
24 min
69
And Now the Hard Part—How to Manage North Korea
Brookings senior fellow Jung H. Pak on why the United States has failed to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and what to do about it.
28 min
70
Lebanon's Arab Spring?
Protesters are directing their anger at the political elite for years of corruption and mismanagement.
30 min
71
When the U.S. Turns its Back on Allies
A former U.S. intelligence officer explains what happens to locals who helped the United States when troops leave a conflict zone.
30 min
72
How North African Migrants Ended Up in Permanen...
The Irish journalist Sally Hayden traces the story of many of them.
30 min
73
Bonus Content: Roundtable Discussion on China
36 min
74
Why Hong Kongers Are Still Protesting Against C...
A democracy activist describes how the demonstrations got underway and where they go from here.
28 min
75
And Now the Hard Part: Resetting the U.S. Relat...
Brookings scholar Bruce Riedel on how America's oldest alliance in the Middle East is being tested and what to do about it.
30 min
76
Why for Some Spaniards the Wounds of the Civil ...
A new film traces the stories of people still seeking justice for Franco's crimes.
28 min
77
Haven America or Fortress America?
Harvard historian Jill Lepore on the long and tortured history of the U.S. immigration debate.
26 min
78
Roots of a Quagmire
On the podcast: America's first post 9/11 envoy to Afghanistan recounts the early months of the war there.
34 min
79
The Future of Kashmir
How India decided to end the area's autonomous status and what it means for the region.
25 min
80
Death on Everest
On the podcast: An American mountaineer describes the dangers of climbing one of the world's tallest peaks.
40 min
81
How an Upscale Chef Came to Serve Those in Need
On the podcast: José Andrés on food insecurity, Puerto Rico, and battling hunger.
28 min
82
How War Traumatizes the Victims and the Perpetr...
On the podcast: A new film explores the experience of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.
26 min
83
The Dark Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy
On the podcast: The filmmaker Nanfu Wang tells the harrowing story of her own family’s one-child ordeal.
29 min
84
Trump, Immigration, and the Fight for America’s...
On the podcast: Where Trump’s effort to block asylum-seekers fits in the history of U.S. immigration policy.
28 min
85
A Survivor’s Struggle to Care for Her People an...
On the podcast: The filmmaker Alexandria Bombach followed the Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad for her film "On Her Shoulders"
25 min
86
A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah
On the podcast: Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanista
32 min
87
Argentina, Iran, and the Enduring Mystery Surro...
On the podcast: Alberto Nisman accused Argentina's president of covering up Iran's role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish Center in Buenos Aires. Then he was shot in the head.
25 min
88
A Dream Deferred
On the podcast: Journalist Laura Wides-Muñoz traces the lives of several undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
33 min
89
The Dirty Residue of Brazil's Car Wash Probe
On the podcast: The editor in chief of Americas Quarterly explains why investigators are now under scrutiny in Brazil’s largest corruption inquiry.
26 min
90
The Tragedy of Mohamed Morsi
On the podcast: Shadi Hamid recounts the quick rise and spectacular fall of Morsi and the Moslem Brotherhood in Egypt.
32 min
91
How an Extradition Bill Became a Red Line for H...
On the podcast: A former China correspondent traces Beijing's gradual effort to erode human rights in Hong Kong.
33 min
92
Death and Debris at 30,000 Feet
On the podcast: An American adventuerer describes climbing over bodies to reach the top of Mount Everest.
39 min
93
Shot by Israelis, Healed by Israelis
On the podcast: Yousef Bashir describes growing up in Gaza during the second Palestinian uprising.
30 min
94
The Referendum That Changed Ireland
On the podcast: A look back at the vote in Ireland that ended the abortion ban.
30 min
95
How Richard Holbrooke Represented America's Bes...
On the podcast: George Packer, in conversation with Stephen M. Walt, on America’s long-serving diplomat.
36 min
96
How Assad’s Brutality Inspired Courage and Comp...
On the podcast: Members of the White Helmets describe what it’s like to charge to the scene when a bomb goes off.
18 min
97
How Algerians Ousted Bouteflika
On the podcast: Algeria’s Arab Spring has been peaceful so far, but its future remains uncertain.
26 min
98
Thirty Years After Tiananmen Square
On the podcast: A look back at the student protests that changed China’s trajectory.
35 min
99
The Butcher of Bosnia on Trial
On the podcast: A film on the war in Bosnia probes the psychology of genocide and justice.
29 min
100
How Israel’s Netanyahu Uses Fear and Loathing t...
On the podcast: The Israeli journalist Anshel Pfeffer looks back at Bibi’s first general election campaign in 1996.
26 min